Community Work-Study Program Scholarships for Student Employees

This year, two senior graduates are the Community Work Study Program (CWSP) student employees of the year. Joy Davis ’22 received the Off-Campus Award for her work with the North American Food Systems Network, and Grace Choi ’22 was the On-Campus Award recipient for her work with the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.

Through the CWSP, sponsored by the Einhorn Center, Cornell students eligible for the Federal Work Study can work for nonprofits, schools, and municipalities in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Student Employees of the Year are nominated by their CWSP supervisors based on their leadership, professionalism, and teamwork, among other skills.

Davis worked as a program assistant for the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN), a national professional development association for people working to strengthen local and regional food systems. NAFSN is facilitated by the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, a project of the Center for Transformative Action.

In her role, Davis co-produced and co-hosted the Finding Your Future in Food Systems webinar series. A strong representation of its values, the webinar is an inclusive space to educate emerging professionals on opportunities in the food system in North America. Majoring in Urban and Regional Studies at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, with a minor in Community Food Systems, Davis has made food systems a personal mission, working with Anabel’s Grocery, GreenStar Coop and InstaCart; research for the COVID-19 Tompkins County Food Taskforce; and volunteering with the Southern Tier Food Bank of Cornell Dining and the local Salvation Army.

Choi was hired as a Community Programs Specialist (CPS) at the Public Service Center – now part of the Einhorn Center – in 2018. Working at Cornell’s Hired Hub Front Desk, Choi became a knowledgeable referral source for the Hub’s six units – supporting a wide range of operational functions, promoting opportunities for engagement, assisting students interested in community engagement, and providing support to professional staff and student-run programs.

Specializing in industrial and labor relations with minors in business, law and society, Choi was promoted to manager in her final year, where she provided direction and coordination of these duties as well as supervision of other CPS staff members. After graduating, she plans to attend law school after a year off from tutoring and continue her work with Eunoia, a nonprofit she founded in 2016.

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